View Full Version : First skunk of the new year. 1-26-14 Amador.

01-26-2014, 07:07 PM
After a great exotic food tasting/Birthday party last night we still got home and were in bed by 10pm. Planned to be up at 3am but it was more like 4. Oh well, We get to the lake at 7:45 and I go in to pay. One of the girls who works there always says the same thing to me. "There is the Breck girl!" You have to be old to remember those commercials. Very sweet of her. Thank you!

Anyways, I was feeling lucky because the permit bands were hot pink today and I took it as a good sign. lol.

On the water. The poor lake gets lower every time we go. Overcast and cool. Two lines on top and two on the down riggers. Make a complete pass around the lake. Nothing. We changed up everything. Speeds, scents, lures, depths. Still meh.
Went back to fishing all lines on top. Pass after pass the same story. Not even a bite. Earlier I thought I had one on the drs but when I checked it there was a stick so no not even one bite.
Turns out to be the common story out there today. One boat had three caught on a brokeback firetiger. Yes we tried that too.... But everyone else was just scratching their heads like we were.
We resorted to bait fishing a few different places for the same results. We fished from 8-2pm. Looks like we got our first skunk of the new year. Now that that is out of the way hopefully we can get back on track.
Not sure about Amador for next weekend. May give it a break and try somewhere else. Heck I can get a skunk way closer to home! LMAO!

Either way we had a nice time on the boat. Might bring a deck of cards or something to help keep us entertained next time the fishing is slow. What do some of you do to keep busy on days like today? I'd like to hear.
A few pics from the day...










Well until next time my friends.
Happy fishing!
Mike and Kristy.

Captain Compassion
01-26-2014, 07:33 PM
The weather looked nice and warm. Sorry about the skunk but it had to come. I already have 4.:( It's tough out there. Thanks for the lovely pictures.


01-26-2014, 08:20 PM
And like that, it turns off. Interesting because Amador had been the hottest place going for the last 2 weeks.

01-26-2014, 09:12 PM
Thanks guys, Now I don't feel so bad. I would like to see some of the other reports from people out there today. Maybe they won't post because of bad results but I post good or bad just because it's good info. So it can be great or PFFFF! Whats a fisher girl going to do? Tell it like it is I guess. I bet it's way better on the weekdays when they are planting 1000lbs a day to empty those pens full of fish. No worries though I will have better days, This I know!

01-26-2014, 09:42 PM
Thanks guys, Now I don't feel so bad.

As cliche as it is, the skunks really make us appreciate the good days - usually in retrospect, and not at the moment.

Maybe they won't post because of bad results but I post good or bad just because it's good info. So it can be great or PFFFF! Whats a fisher girl going to do? Tell it like it is I guess.

It happens to everybody. Some people just don't like to admit it happens to them. It's easy to report the good days. Not so much on the fishless days. And it's certainly appreciated. Keep on keeping on.

No worries though I will have better days, This I know!

Way to keep the faith!!! :smiley:

01-26-2014, 09:56 PM
Fished from 9am til 3:00 got three in the boat . Definately slow all on rapalas orange and fire tiger .1 on downrigger at 7 ft other two on top. Speed unknown forgot GPS in other boat.was out testing my 14 foot puddle jumper I just restored just so I could get into the lake.weird fishing out of a 14 foot aluminum again lol.tried grubs , needle fish and wooly buggers with action discs for not even a bite.

01-26-2014, 09:57 PM
Hey, thanks for the post. I had my boat out there today as well, I waived to Mike first thing this morning. We were the 2 african American guys in the white and blue classic crestline. We went 2 for 10(yuk!). Just couldn't get them to stick. What worked for us was running grubs of all colors and putting them otw at 4ft. From what I heard it was slow for most out there today. Also heard that they were biting like crazy yesterday, typical lol.

Line Stretcher
01-27-2014, 09:46 AM
M&K, here's a trick I've been using for a while that seems to help. Instead of tying tightly to the lure, use a surgeons loop knot.

It's pretty easy. Just run the line through the lure attachment point and back out 8-12". Lay the lines over your fingers so the lure is dangling then grab the lure and lift it up an over the line you have in your other hand to form a loop. Pass the lure through the loop twice and then slowly tighten the loop up. I like to get the loop to about an inch long and then finish tightening it. You can run a swivel disk above it if you want.

What this does is gives a lot more action to the lure. I often remove the split rings from rapalas and such now and just use this method instead.

The other thing I've noticed over the years is that the fish, this time of year, tend to be less interested in large offerings. I scale back to smaller fly's, grubs, etc, and hooks.

I got skunked up at Lake Sonoma last week also. I could use the excuse that it's not planted but since I fish it all the time, all I can say is that it was just one of those "No Fish Biting" days.

As to what to do when the fish aren't biting - Bring a map and your fish finder manual or other equipment manual. Use the map and create new contour lines and mark fish holding structure. That way when the water comes back you don't have as much guess work or if you get fish when the water is back you might have a better idea of what areas they like and why.

Last week I read my Lowrance HDS-7 Gen2 Touch manual out of boredom on the water and I finally got my sonar setup the way it should be. Theres no way to do that when the boat is in the driveway and the difference is astounding. I finally have good fish detail on my DSI sonar and beautiful arches on my normal sonar.